You’d think it was time for high tea and crumpets with all the Victorian-inspired blouses and tops we’re seeing lately.
Feminine, buttoned-up tops with lace, ribbons and ruffles are all the style this fall. I know, I know, such a high neck may seem a little prudish and exaggerate your age, but that’s not really the case with these new offerings which have some interesting details and unusual style twists.
Today’s Victorian collar tops are face framing and flattering. And for mature gals who are looking for a stylish way to cover up a sun damaged décolletage, they’re a godsend. The trick is to wear them in a modern way so they don’t come across as being costumey or worse, make you look as old as Queen Victoria herself. Here are 3 ways to wear the Victorian high neckline trend.
Romantic High Neck Victorian Blouse
There is nothing dusty or frumpy about this classy silk top from Kate Spade. I love the gorgeous floral embroidery and velvet trim on the cuffs, both key trends this fall. To keep Victorian collars from being aging and staid, it’s important to balance the refined vibe with something a little edgy and modern like these sheer sleeves that give this top a welcome dose of sex appeal. With a stunning top like this, you want it to take centre stage so keep the rest of the outfit simple but modern.
Dainty Daytime Victorian Collar
A fresh way to play the Victorian collar trend is to wear it for everyday. I love the juxtaposition of the dressy ruffled neckline and balloon statement sleeves on this top by Vince Camuto with the casual jeans. Playing with opposites keeps Victorian collars from veering into the frumpy zone.
Cozy Tall Collar Victorian Inspired Sweater
I love how this ivory Victorian collar sweater can be dressed up or dressed down easily. Underneath those ruffles and neckline is a classic sweater that looks as good with blue or black jeans, as I’ve shown you here, as it does with a pencil skirt or your little black pants. This particular sweater, with the ruffle detail on the shoulders, helps makes shoulder look wider, thus balancing broader hips, making it an especially good option for pear-shaped gals.
What do you think of the Victorian collar trend? Is one of these options right for you?
One more day left in my 31 Day Fab Fall Trend Countdown. Can you guess what the final trend is? Check back tomorrow!